Jill Derby is a governance consultant with the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), where she has worked for more than ten years to enhance governance effectiveness and performance among American and Canadian higher education boards. Derby is a cultural anthropologist who received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis with a concentration on the Arab Middle East. She served on two Nevada college faculties before transitioning to a policy role on the Nevada Board of Regents. In 1988 she was elected to three terms on the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents where she served as board chair. In 2011 she received a U.S. Senate appointment to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, which is a federal advisory board that advises the U.S. Secretary of Education on the accreditation and certification process for institutions of higher education.